Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Jenni-Lynn

How can it be that this sweet little cherub face girl with the balloon hat on has grown up to be this beautiful young woman entering high school. It seems like the time has just flown by. And I know in just a couple of short years we will be looking at colleges as she plans her future as an adult. I was trying to think of clever words or advise that I could pass on. But the only thing that keeps going thourgh my mind is a song by Rascal Flatts "My Wish". So Jenn this one is for you.

"My Wish"

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My queen, my goddess, my inspiration!

I love you!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Never Forget to Pray!!

Sometime God works in my life in the strangest ways and for some reason this always amazes me! Facebook can be such a good way to reconnect with people from your past, but I believe we don't realize how much life has changed us or the other person. I have reconnected with an old friend I had worked with at Six Flags 30 years ago(wow can it have really been that long), He also became a facebook friends with my younger sister.

He is extremely liberal and extremely vocal about politics. Yesterday the two of them started to debate their opposite views and it got a little ugly. Later he posted a comment to the affect if anyone does not agree with his opinion they can remove him from their friends list, so she did.

Tonight he saw me on FB and IM me. He wanted to know why Sheron had removed him from facebook. We had a long conversation which he did not really like. I explained that he was very abrasive and acted like the liberals only had the right to an opinion. I explained that I am a conversative, christian republican all the thing that he hates. He left the conversation.

A couple hours later when we were both on Facebook again we had a long talk. He told me a story that he believed in God and Jesus. I know he believes but does he know Christ. I realize that we have a whole country full of confused people that are believing the lies that satan are feeding them. It breaks my heart.

I realize I need to make it a priority to prayer for my family.I need to pray for my fellow americans. I need to pray for my country. Pray that godly leaders will rise up and are elected to office. I also need to pray for a spiritual revival in our country. God please let it start with me!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

God's Blessings

Friendship Day Graphics

Have I ever said how much I hate having a yard sale!!! I love going to them, but not having them is a different story. And I must admit I wasn't the most pleasant person (my husband added an amen!)while I was helping my family get this thing together. However my God is so good.

My sister in law came over and visited with me and help get things together. It was such a blessing. He sent me two friends that I have not seen in a long time. It was so nice visiting with them both. I was blessed with time to visit with my daughter in law that I love so much. She is in nursing school full-time, works on the days she doesn't have school, and is a wonderful wife to my son and mother to my grandchildren and to top it off we made the amout of money we needed.

I am glad He loves me even when I am unloveable!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I want to play, but I have to clean :(

This is not my actually basement, but it looked so similar I could help but use this image.

The main family room area of my basement is approx. 19x20. It is going to be my gym. I have a weight bench,a punching bag, treadmill, free weights, several different machines. I will have floor space for my yoga pad, exercise ball and a t.v. and DVD player. There is an alcove where I will eventually get a small refrigerator for water.

Off from my gym will be my small but quaint art studio. This is where all my photos and scrapbooks are. Along with my sewing machines and my son's painting supplies.

There is also a full bath, my laundry room and a bedroom that we are remodeling. I am so excited it has been a long time coming. I will post pictures and it unfolds.
Wish me luck!!! Gotta run, so much to do.

Friday, July 9, 2010

High Head

My grandchildren always keep me laughing. But two of them just crack me up, Jake and Kiaya. Neither realize how funny they are. They are just being themselves.

Yesterday my daughter in law Marlena put a Kiaya story on facebook. It seems Kiaya just ran up to her brother Xavier and said "High head" and before he could ask what it meant SHE CRACKED HER FOREHEAD INTO HIS!!! Apparently, high head is like a high five, just with your heads instead of hands..she's a crazy lil lady!!...xavier was a little shaken, lol!!!

My grandson Jake has an ongoing debate with his sister Brooke that he is only half omnivore because he eats more meat than vegetable. So he insists he is half omnivore and half carnivore. She has given up trying to convince him that being an omnivore would cover the meat he loves and the few vegetables he tolerates.

I have missed seeing everyone!!! I am thinking it is time for a family get together!!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dinner at the Kitchen Table

When my husband and I were first married we made the decission that our family would eat dinner every night at the table. I can't think of anything that brings me more pleasure. Having dinner together keeps us updated on each others lives. We laugh, dream and plan at our kitchen table. We make observations about each other that may otherwise slip past us. For example, a couple of evenings ago my artist son said "Mom I just realized that your cooking is your art, the same as my sketching is for me." Or like my nephew Wyatt discovering that he likes talapia and jalepeno cabbage.

This weekend will be a little more challenging. My stepson and his family (which I love dearly)will be here for a cookout. Zack and his family are vegeterians and my son and nephew are carnivores. So I will be creating a menu that will satisfy both.I have become pretty good at vegeterian cuisine

Tonight at dinner we had lemon pepper talapia, toasted pastina pilaf and a salad. We all laughed when Wyatt tried talapia for the first time and announced "It tastes like chicken!" Below is the recipe for the pilaf. I hope you enjoy it.

Toasted Pastina Pilaf

2 carrots finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 package (12 oz.) Pastina uncooked
4 cups chicken broth
2 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1/8 teaspoon of thyme leaves

Cook and stir carrots and onion in hot butter until tender but not browned. Add pasta, cook and stir until lightly browned. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Makes 6 servings.

A thought to ponder: Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Have a Truly Blessed Life!!!

(front row) Jennifer 13, Geoffrey 24 (back row) Zacharia 30, Anne 38, Kenny 26, Chuck 36) Billy 29 was not able to come home for Christmas.

The older I get the more I realize that there is nothing more important than family. I always knew I wanted a large family. My Aunt Ruby had eight children, so I thought that was a good number. I didn't make it to eight but between the birth of my two and marrying a man with five children I now have my family of seven children. And I love each of them dearly.

(Kiaya 3, Xavier 10, Jake 9, Kristyn 11, Whitney 16, Brooke 14, Jimmy 20, Caleb 14, Blake 15, Cody 18)Isabelle and Silas were not about to be with us.

Isabelle and Silas

One of the best things about having adult children is having grandchildren. We have been blessed with thirteen. Twelve we celebrate here on earth and a beautiful granddaughter that is waiting for us in heaven.

I love to get together with them as much as possible! That gives me an idea, how about a cookout this weekend.

Happy Birthday Marmee!!

Today would have been the 71st birthday of my mom and my best friend. Mary Eaton Bush lost her fight with cancer on February 19, 2002. We had prayed for healing and God gave her just that. But as always our thoughts are not God's thoughts, and our ways are not God's ways. God chose eternal healing over our mere earthly healing. So today I will not be sad because I know my precious Marmee is celebrating with her loved ones and her savior. Today I choose to remember the beautiful soul that was my mother and rest assured that one day I will be with her again!

My mom was the one who nutured my love for literature and poetry. My name for her always changed depending on which book I was reading at the time. Mother, Mommie (my sister always corrected my spelling, but I liked it that way), Mom or Marmee just to name a few. So I will close with a poem I believe is by Emily Dickenson.

You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for the time when we can soar
together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to its fullest and when
you need me, just whisper my name in your heart, ...I will be there.
Emily Dickenson

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Taking Time to Breathe

June was a wonderfully hectic month. It started with me being blessed to be a team leader at a great christian youth leadership camp. Once home I needed to prepare for VBS and the next week I taught the best group of 5th graders. After VBS was over on Thursday, I left for my 1000 mile road trip to see my nephew Albert graduate and visit with my sister for a week. Then back in the car for my 1000 mile/1 battlefield trip home.

We arrived at home Saturday, July 3 about 6:30 pm. My fur babies was so glad to see me. Sunday was July 4th we had church, cook out and lit fireworks! Monday was the 4th of July parade and a nice home cooked meal "chicken roast".

Today we are going to the water park. My son, daughter, nephew and daughter's bff. It is wonderful having a 25 year old to help supervise. So I am going to take some work to the pool and plan my business strategy poolside. My life DOESN'T suck!!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It has been a great July 4th. We woke up this morning in the greatest country in the world. Freely attended the church that I wanted to attend without fear. I came home and grilled hamburgers with all the fixings and tonight we will top it off with fireworks and watermelon!!! My family and I can do all of this because of the scarifice of the men and women of the armed forces, but above that it is because of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There is a quote I read today at our worship service that sums it up, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly of too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here." Patrick Henry, 1776

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Long Journey Home.

Morrisville, NY in June is such a beautiful place. The rolling hills, green pastures, red barns, and dairy cows as far as the eyes can see. My younger sister Sheron moved here about 10 years ago with her family. This is how a Georgia girl has fallen in love with the people and the towns in this quaint area.

I travel up every chance I get. Usually about once a year. This trip was special. My oldest nephew was graduating high school. It is amazing how fast children grow up. It truly seems not so long ago I was pushing his stroller through the Atlanta Zoo.
Monday, July 5 he will be off to Scotland on his first international missions trip.

My trip was a blessing. I always love spending time with my sister and her family. I could not have hand picked a better brother in law and my three nephews (18, 12 and 18 months) are wonderful. It was a busy week. First was Al graduation and party. Then on the 30th six of us went to see the midnight showing of "Eclipse". My brother in law celebrated his birthday and now I am bringing the 12 yr old home with me for a month.

On our way home we stopped at Antietam battlefield in Sharpburg, MD. We walked the trails and visited the museum. It was a five hour delay in our journey home but it was well worth it.

We made it as far as Staunton, VA. We decided to stop for the night. We are at the Best Western. It is a nice clean place with an indoor pool. The children played in the pool until 10:00 pm. Now everyone in is getting settled in for the night. We will wake up at 7:00 am and start our 545 mile journey home!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let the Blogging Begin!!!

I have often heard it said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This may not always be true, but for my home I have found no truer statement. I love to cook, bake and entertain! There is nothing I love more than sharing my home with family, friends and any other stray creature that might show up on my doorstep. Thus the reason for my four dogs, two cats and a collection of teenagers I claim as my other children. The thought of anyone or anything being hungry or feeling unloved breaks my heart.

My kitchen has seen the best and the worst of me. It has been the heart of many celebrations and the joys of everyday life. My kitchen can also affect my mood. When my kitchen is out of sorts so is my mood. Maybe that is why my darling husband helps me clean the kitchen after each meal!

My hope for this blog is that anyone that enters here feels the love and warmth you would feel if you were at my kitchen table enjoying a cup of coffee or on my porch swing sipping ice tea.

Welcome to my kitchen!